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MA Higher Education Leadership
Restorative justice, an approach to harm rooted in Indigenous culture, asks three central questions: 1) What is the harm? 2) Who is impacted? 3) How can we repair it? This is a vastly different approach to most criminal justice procedures that instead seek to determine who broke what rule and how they should be punished. Although a modern resurgence of restorative justice has exploded across college campuses, higher education has been slow to adopt the approach for relationship violence and sexual harm. In this study, victim advocates, conduct professionals, and university administrators at the University of San Diego participated in stage-matched interventions, evolving through the transtheoretical model of change with a growing motivation to explore restorative justice for gender-based harm. Participation in restorative justice practices not only removed a shroud of uncertainty about the process but also deeply connected the group while revealing that restorative philosophy mirrored their values. Ultimately, the participants stepped up to action, working collaboratively to plan a forthcoming proposal to implement a restorative justice option as an adaptable resolution for gender-based misconduct.
Keywords: restorative justice, gender-based misconduct, sexual misconduct, relationship violence, Title IX, organizational change, transtheoretical model of change
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Naidu, Jessica D., "Exploring Restorative Justice as an Adaptable Resolution for Gender-Based Misconduct" (2022). M.A. in Higher Education Leadership: Action Research Projects. 103.
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